Glow On: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder (Santa Barbara)

Bobbi Brown is offering a new way to ‘glow’ — with a collection of Illuminating Bronzing Powders that offer something for everyone. The latest addition to the collection is the ‘pink nectar’ color called Santa Barbara.
I thought this golden pink color was going to look a little juvenile on me.. but it’s so subtle that (believe it or not) I actually wore it lightly dusted as a finishing powder all over my face. I know! Sounds nuts… but it totally worked.

I know you guys are looking at these pictures and asking whether I temporarily lost my mind… but I promise you the finish is gorgeous and subtle. And although you can wear it as a blush or highlighter, some skin tones can actually get away with dusting this stuff all over.
The texture of this powder is extremely soft, and it can ‘dust’ everywhere when you use it, so be careful. I got a bunch of it on the brush and ended up  having to tap back into the pot because I’d picked up way too much. The coverage is very sheer, but you can layer it when using it as blush, to build up the color.
This is a HEAVY swatch. See. Subtle. Gorgeous. I love this stuff. Gave me a really healthy ‘glow’ without going overboard in the shimmer department. Totally recommend.
You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder HERE.

Product Review: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Compact Foundation

When Bobbi Brown first came out with their Oil Free Compact many moons ago, I was all over it. I wore it for years before I finally chucked it for something with a little more coverage. The Oil Free Compact was notoriously sheer, and was nearly impossible to build.

Now, Bobbi Brown has released a new compact with better coverage (and in even more colors).

We’re headed into the warmer months, and I always tan. So my color for the Spring/Summer is going to be ‘Golden.’

The compact comes with a sponge, that I do NOT recommend you use. It eats up a lot of product, and I find that the coverage isn’t that great. Instead, use a brush. I was able to use less product to get more coverage, and I was able to layer it to a solid medium coverage with a brush.

Now, my arm is stained from the YSL Glossy Stain Swatch… so I thought it would be a good time to see just how well this foundation would cover…

It’s excellent. I painted this swatch on using a small foundation brush (the flat head kind), and it worked beautifully. There are a ton of colors in this foundation… to suit just about every skin tone. There are even ‘in between colors’ (the color between Honey #5 and Golden #6 is Warm Honey #5.5) just in case you can’t find your perfect match.

Bobbi Brown has always excelled at perfecting the skin with excellent bases, and this compact is no exception. You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Long Wear Compact Even Finish Foundation HERE.

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Eye Adore: Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener

Bobbi Brown says: You spoke… she listened.

The company has repackaged their Tinted Eye Brightener, to make it more user friendly.
 
Now, instead of a click pen, the formula comes in a lip gloss looking container, with a doe foot applicator. It looks like there’s actually more product to in this container. This looks a lot like the new NARS concealers, but who’s keeping track… hmm?
Like the color correctors, these come in shades of bisque and peach… from lightest to darkest. The colors that best suit my needs run in the peach family.
Light to Medium Peach is on the top, and Dark Peach is on the bottom. There is also a basic Peach shade offered on the website… which is a mix of these two colors.
Dark Peach                         Light to Medium Peach
When you apply these products, you’re supposed to ‘tap’ them under the eye (never rub). Eventually, the the formula warms and spreads under the eye area, adding a bit of light without looking like you’ve used a ton of concealer.
Eventually I mixed the two colors to get the full effect:
The formula covers and adds light, but still allows the skin to show through. Put me down as a fan. You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brighteners HERE.

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Flawless Finish: Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Happy 2013 everyone! No, I haven’t forgotten about the LORAC giveaway or to make resolutions (which we’ll just turn into affirmations for 2013). Little Charlie has been a bit of a handful as he gets used to his new digs. He kind of wants to do things his way (like play in the front yard instead of the backyard), and he gets a little annoyed when he can’t get what he wants. We’re getting there… little by little.

Meanwhile, I thought we’d start the New Year with a lovely thing from Bobbi Brown. The company released a BB cream that turns out to be quite worth the hype.

 I was skeptical about hopping on the BB Cream bandwagon. I find that most BB Creams are glorified tinted moisturizers. And most of them don’t run in any shade darker than, say, beige. So I approached this formula from Bobbi Brown with a bit of caution.
Mine is the shade in Medium Dark, which is more Medium than Dark. I was worried that it would be too light, but what’s interesting about this formula is that it kind of ‘merges’ into your own skin color and adjusts accordingly.

I love the way it feels on my skin. I have to say, I’m impressed with what it’s doing so far. You can find out more about Bobbi Brown BB Cream HERE.

Eye Adore: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner

Eyeliners have come, gone, and come back again… and it’s still hard to top Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner. The formula glides on and stays put. It’s kind of hard to top this formula. Recently, I came across the eyeliner in Caviar… which is basically the darkest possible brown.

Bobbi Brown Gel Liners in Caviar, Black, and the Ultra Fine Liner Brush.

I put it up against the black gel eyeliner, to give you an idea of contrast. But alone, in natural light, it appears to be nearly black.

The Ultra Fine Liner brush isn’t ultra fine at first glance, but it draws a pretty impressive line. You can use the side of the brush for the thinnest possible line, or use it flat for a thicker line.

Caviar is on the left, and Black is on the right. You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Gel Liners HERE.

Favorite Things 2012: Flawless Beginnings

I’m a firm believer in a flawless base. I feel like no matter how skilled you are with apply eye colors, blending and drawing the most fabulous lip line on Earth… if I can ‘see’ discrepancies in your base application… the entire effect is lost.

I spend a lot of time (and money) researching the perfect bases that do more than just cover your skin. I’m particularly fond of formulas that work ‘with’ your individual skin type, draw the eye away from imperfections, and look more like ‘skin’ and less like foundation.

 PRIMERS:
I’ve not always been the biggest fan of primers, but with time… I’ve come to appreciate their value.
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer tops my list because I feel like you can use it on just about everyone. The formula attracts moisture from the air and onto your skin (which even oily types need, believe it or not), and it leaves a matte finish. It smooths out the skin, and sets it up for perfect foundation application.
Laura Mercier Eye Canvas is my favorite for prepping the eyelids. Just a teeny bit works to matte out the lid, so that eyeshadow can really grab it. I have no issues with creasing (or lumpy finishes, like with some other primers) with this formula. I’ve nearly hit the bottom of my little pot… I use it so much. Soon it’ll definitely be time for a new one.
FOUNDATIONS
I’m ever on the hunt for the next greatest foundation formula. I’ve tried so many different kinds… and I have to say this next group of formulations have earned my respect. I consistently reach for them for myself and clients, more than any other.
Oily Skin: 
 Sunday Riley Liquid Light is one of those strange foundations that looks like it won’t do much, until you put it on. It goes on kind of sheer, but it reflects light (so you don’t need much at all) and kind of tricks the eye into thinking the skin is flawless.
Urban Decay NAKED Foundation has a cult following these days… and it’s really no wonder why. The formula really ‘grabs’ your skin, and it doesn’t budge until you take it off. It’s a great foundation for medium coverage for oily skin types. The ‘only’ drawback for me on this foundation is the ‘feeling.’ I sometimes feel ‘too’ dry when I wear it. But honestly, the formula is so good, that I’ve kind of gotten over it.
Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup continues to amaze me. I’ve now expanded the color range in my kit, because it works so well on so many different skin types. Pros… take note: this formula is insanely easy to blend, if you need to get a perfect shade for an ‘in between’ skin tone. My favorite thing about this foundation is that it imitates ‘skin’ so perfectly. The formula is really thin… and sets almost immediately. Oily skin types don’t need to worry about blotting much with this foundation. It’s nearly perfect. Now, if they come up with shade #9, then it truly will be perfect.
Combination/Dry Skin:
This next group of foundations I find have worked well on a wide range of skin types, but work best on combination or dry skin.
Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is still about the best that I’ve ever come across. The incredible shade range just makes it all the more attractive. It’s got the feeling of a tinted moisturizer but the coverage of a foundation. And it wears beautifully, especially on drier skin types.
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat quickly rose to the top of my  list for medium to buildable full coverage. This foundation is exquisite because it both covers and reflects light all at once. And it feels wonderful on the skin. It’s truly luxury in a bottle
Not to be outdone, Dolce & Gabanna The Foundation is also really luxurious. This formula is more of a full coverage foundation. The creamy consistency works very well on dry skin types. I’ve even had clients tell me that it feels like I’m ‘nourishing’ their skin with a heavy cream. It sets beautifully and really makes the skin glow.

CONCEALER 
This is one of those handy little things that you should consider, even if you think you don’t need to. Concealer is not just for those with dark undereye circles, or blemishes. It can add light to specific areas of the face, and make you look like you’re naturally radiant. I’ve been using concealer for years, long before someone might think that I actually ‘needed’ to. It just helps to really bring a look together.
Armani Maestro Eraser, much like the makeup, has just blown me away. The formulation is very thin, and needs to be ‘patted’ on. The colors are a little scary… they seem to run from light to white. But it turns out that you can actually use them on a wide range of skin tones. A little goes an extremely long way, and it just adds light wherever you put it, without looking like you’ve done anything at all
Chanel Eclat Lumiere is one of those ‘go to’ products because it’s incredibly easy to use. Like the Armani formulation, a little goes a very long way. You can even carry this little gem with you for quick brightening ‘touch ups’ if you’re taking your makeup from day to night. I’ve found it to be rather indispensable. In fact, I’m on my second pen.
CORRECTOR
 
Anyone who’s been reading my blog for a while, knows by I swear by the Bobbi Brown Corrector. Not much has changed. It’s still the most user friendly, most effective color corrector I’ve ever used. You don’t have to be a pro or have some special skill to use it, and a little bit simply tricks the eye into thinking that the blemish you’re covering doesn’t actually exist. This stuff is priceless.
POWDER
I go around and around and AROUND about powder. Sometimes, formulas that I think are great end up being not so great over time. They react wrong with certain foundation formulas, or give me that dreaded ‘flashback’ which translates into good old fashioned ashy on my warm skin tone. But one powder has consistently delivered: 
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is head and shoulders above the competition. It sets my makeup perfectly. The color in #02 is a bit yellow, which is perfect for my skin tone. There is no flashback, and a little goes a long way. My only complaint is that I wish it came in a bigger jar. Other than that, it’s perfect.
That’s it! Those are my top choices for getting a truly flawless finish. Ciao for now!

FOTD: More Orange

Okay, I think this is my last ‘orange’ FOTD for a while. I think.

FACE
Kimiko Hydrating Tint (Nutmeg)
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze
EYES
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Orange Fizz (lids)
YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black ( lashline)
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
LIPS
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N43